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New French Shorts 2014

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

A seven-film sampler of new Gallic cinema, with comedies, thrillers and dramas starring such icons as Bérénice Bejo and Charlotte Rampling, along with an acclaimed documentary-like short that won a special mention at the Cannes Film Festival. Directors Adriano Valerio (37° 4 S) and Lauren Wolkstein (SOCIAL BUTTERFLY) in person for a post-screening discussion. Co-presented Unifrance Films.

Screening line-up:

THE END (dir. Didier Barcelo, 17 min.) Official selection: Berlin Film Festival. Charlotte Rampling is horrified to discover that there’s a new Charlotte Rampling.

ATLANTIC AVENUE (dir. Laure de Clermont, 13 min.) Official selection: Clermont-Ferrand. Brady Corbet (Simon Killer, Melancholia) is a hustler who takes on an unusual new client.

AUJOURD’HUI (dir. Nicolas Saada, 9 min.) An apocalyptic tale, starring Bérénice Bejo (The Artist, The Past) and American filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.

THE HOUNDS (Les Meutes, dir. Manuel Schapira, 15 min.) César nominee for Best Short Film. A house-warming party at a hip Paris apartment turns ugly.

THE LIZARDS (Les Lézards, dir. Vincent Mariette, 15 min.) Best short, City of Lights-City of Angels. In a Turkish bath, Leon (rising star Vincent Macaigne) sweats while he waits for a first date with a girl he met online.

SOCIAL BUTTERFLY (dir. Lauren Wolkstein, 14 min.) Official selection, Sundance, Palm Springs. An unexpected guest appears at Chloe’s eighteenth birthday. Director in person.

37° 4 S (dir. Adriano Valerio, 12 min.) Special mention, Cannes Film Festival. A portrait of two teenagers who live on the remote Atlantic island of Tristan da Cunha, population 270. Director in person.

Meditation, Creativity, Peace

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Free screenings Tue Jan 14, Tue Jan 21, Tue Jan 28 at 11:00am! Tickets available at our box office, limit 2 per person.

This fascinating documentary follows David Lynch on a 16-country tour of Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America to spread the word about the individual and global impact of meditation.

“This is a donut. It is very sweet, and very good. But if you’ve never tasted a donut, you wouldn’t really know how sweet and how good a donut is… Transcendental Meditation is like that. Transcendental Meditation gives an experience much sweeter than the sweetness of this donut. It gives the experience of the sweetest nectar of life, pure bliss consciousness.”

With equal parts wit and passion, MEDITATION, CREATIVITY, PEACE shows the director’s commitment to Transcendental Meditation as way of changing the world, starting from within. The film also offers rare insight into Lynch’s creative process, through interviews and revealing moments from the tour.

Short Attention Span Cinema: Films from the New York Times’ Op-Docs 2014

Monday, January 6th, 2014

A series of short documentaries from The Times’ acclaimed video initiative, playing before our regular features. Begun in November 2011, The New York Times’s Op-Docs series invites both renowned and emerging filmmakers to contribute new short opinion documentaries reflecting a wide range of styles and subject matter, including current affairs, contemporary life and historical subjects.

Dec 20-26: NATURALLY, J.J. CALE (Drew Christie)

Dec 27-Jan 2: THE NIGHT WITCH (Alison Klayman)

Jan 3-9: SUBWAY BALLET (Joshua Z. Weinstein)

Jan 10-16: A SHORT HISTORY OF THE HIGHRISE: PART 1 (Katerina Cizek)

Jan 17-23: BORDER PATROL BODY SLAM (Kevin Gordon)

Jan 24-30: DAREDEVIL ON A SNOWMOBILE (Lucy Walker)

Jan 31-Feb 6: AN UNFAIR GAME (Kris Hofmann)

Feb 7-13: 35 AND SINGLE (Paula Schargorodsky)

Feb 14-20: ODE TO BIKE SHARING (Dustin Grella)

Additional title to be announced.

DOC NYC 2013

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Tickets now on sale!

Over 130 films and events, including gala screenings, NYC stories, family matinees, international premieres, rock docs, shorts, panels, and more!

Visit for full schedule, film details, and to purchase tickets.

“A bonanza for documentary lovers.” – The Wall Street Journal

Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” 2013

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Filmmaker Magazine showcases a selection of work by its “25 New Faces of Independent Film” of 2013, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with filmmakers, moderated by Filmmaker’s Managing Editor Nick Dawson. Program line-up:

RPG OKC (Emily Carmichael, 2013, 9 mins)

Old Man (Leah Shore, 2013, 5 mins)

High Maintenance: “Dinah” (Katja Blichfeld & Ben Sinclair, 2013, 12 mins)

Social Butterfly (Lauren Wolkstein, 2013, 15 mins)

Between Colors of I (Iva Radivojevic, 2013, 9 mins)

Palimpsest (Michael Tyburski, 2013, 17 mins)

Sponsored by Sony Creative Software and ARRI.

Movie Night with David Lowery: THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Post-film discussion with David Lowery (AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS) and critic John Anderson — 35mm print

“Fugitive couple (Goldie Hawn, William Atherton) plus kidnapped cop (Michael Sacks) and patrol car take on police chief Ben Johnson and an ever-growing caravan of assorted cars, newsmen, sightseers and wide-boys out for a shoot-up in an across-Texas chase caper that has its protagonists overtaken by events beyond their control and comprehension. Despite the obvious similarity to the Roadrunner cartoon that appears at one point — both as a comedy and in the casually destructive violence employed — Spielberg’s first feature for the big screen also touches on many aspects of American life and cinema: the role of the media, the matriarchal society, consumer possession, the decline of the American hero, and the increasing depersonalisation of everything. A beautifully put together, assured film.” – Time Out (London)

David Lowery’s AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS opens Fri Aug 16. Our “Lone Star Cinema: Texas On Screen” series continues weekends for matinees and midnights.

Movie Night with David Gordon Green: BREWSTER McCLOUD

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

One Night Only! Tuesday, August 6 at 8:00pm – click here to purchase tickets

Post-film discussion with David Gordon Green! 35mm print

Green, noted writer-director of George Washington, All the Real Girls, Pineapple Express and others, will join us for a special screening of one of his personal favorites, Robert Altman’s 1970 Houston-set comedy BREWSTER McCLOUD, starring Bud Cort, Sally Kellerman, Shelley Duvall and Rene Auberjonois. “BREWSTER McCLOUD is a brilliant oddity. It wrestles awkwardly with Nashville and McCabe and Mrs. Miller as my favorite of Altman’s work,” David Gordon Green says. “It’s a comedic jewel of the 1970′s.”

“One of Robert Altman’s most charming exercises in cabaret humor and off-the-cuff modernism. Bud Cort is Brewster, a sullen sprite who lives in the basement of the Houston Astrodome, where he’s constructing a pair of mechanical bird wings with the help of guardian angel Sally Kellerman… With the then-nascent Altman stock company in force: Michael Murphy, Shelley Duvall, Rene Auberjonois, and John Schuck.” – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

David Gordon Green’s PRINCE AVALANCHE opens Fri Aug 9. Our “Lone Star Cinema: Texas On Screen” series continues weekends for matinees and midnights.

Movie Night with Paul Schrader: PICKPOCKET

Friday, July 12th, 2013

35mm print

We’re thrilled to welcome celebrated filmmaker Paul Schrader in person to screen and discuss one of his personal favorites—Robert Bresson’s 1959 classic PICKPOCKET. Schrader will take part in an onstage discussion about Bresson’s film and its influence upon his own work.

PICKPOCKET, Bresson’s (A Man Escaped, The Diary of a Country Priest, Au Hasard Balthasar) fifth feature, and first from an original screenplay by the director, stars Martin LaSalle as Michel, a young pickpocket who works the streets and trains of Paris. Of the film, Schrader has said, “I adore PICKPOCKET and can watch it endlessly. To me it’s as close to perfect as there can be. It’s a rather short piece about a moral investigator in the form of a policeman and a young man who thinks he is somehow above the law. Well, he isn’t. But there is a girl, and she is an element of grace which comes into his life.” Schrader has also spoken of how influential the film is to his own work: “[Bresson] taught me I could make films about unlikeable people—I could take an outcast, a lonely man, a guy who lives an interior life, and say, ‘Let’s walk in his shoes.’ PICKPOCKET gave me the courage to write Taxi Driver, and from that point on I have never had a problem with characters that appear beyond empathy. I’ve made films about a wannabe assassin, a gigolo, a drug dealer and a guy who’s totally into home porn.”

Blue Note Jazz Festival: Round Midnight

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Archival 35mm print

In honor of what would have been legendary jazz musician Dexter Gordon’s 90th birthday, we’re pleased to present a special screening of ROUND MIDNIGHT, featuring Gordon’s Oscar-nominated performance. Following the screening, the Blue Note Jazz Festival will host an in-depth panel discussion, moderated by American music/jazz historian, journalist and producer Ashley Kahn. The panel will also include Dexter Gordon’s wife, Maxine Gordon; former President/CEO of Blue Note Records, Bruce Ludvall; iconic jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath; saxophonist and composer Greg Osby; and jazz record producer, writer and founder of Mosaic Records, Michael Cuscuna.

“Tavernier’s offbeat love letter to bebop gets the best jazz film award since Sven Klang’s Combo. Night after night in the pouring rain, a young Frenchman (Francois Cluzet) squats outside a Parisian jazz club, listening to the sublime saxophone of one ‘Dale Turner’. Since Turner, a shambling bear of a man, is troubled by the jazzman’s classic demons of drink and drugs, it is not long before the young man has befriended him, rescued him from cheap flophouses, and installed him in his own flat, where kindness and devotion achieve some kind of advance over the depredations of the jazz life. The film reeks of the authentic stuff of jazz, smoky with atmosphere and all as blue as a Gauloise packet. Dale Turner, as played by Dexter Gordon, seems to be an amalgam of Bud Powell and Lester Young, but the private, rueful dignity that he brings to bear is all his own.” – Time Out (London)

Symphony of the Soil

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Producer/Director Deborah Koons Garcia, Dr. Ignacio Chapela UC Berkeley Microbial Ecologist, and Consumers Union Senior Scientist Dr. Michael Hansen in person for post-film discussion!

Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.

Watch the trailer online:

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